Born Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto in 1835, Pius X served as pope from 1903 until his death in 1914. Known for his conservative, anti-modernist philosophies, he became, in 1954, the first pope to be elevated to sainthood since Pius V in 1712. Vintage matte-finish 6.75 x 9.25 portrait of Pope Pius X, affixed to its original 9.5 x 13 mount, inscribed on the mount with a six-line apostolic benediction in Italian, which begins (translated): "To the beloved son, Priest Pius Stievano…on his first day at the parish church." Signed "Pius PP. X" and dated to the Vatican on January 24, 1909. In very good to fine condition, with trimmed edges, scattered small stains, and light toning from prior display.
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